The Shops Sweetheart ❤️ Monica Awe Etuk

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Elegant, bold and timeless are words that not only describe this blogger babe’s beautiful style, but also embody her as a person! Monica Awe-Etuk of Awed By Monica is this month’s The Shops Sweetheart, and we could not be more excited! She is stylish, stunning, and sweet as can be.

One of Atlanta’s most influential bloggers, Monica has been featured by some of the industry’s top brands. We feel so lucky to call her a TSBA friend. For a little insight on this Atlanta blogger babe, read our interview with her below!

When did you begin your love of fashion?

My love for fashion began when I was a child. I would watch my mom make beautiful dresses for my sister and I and knew that was what I wanted to do.

When did you know that blogging took a turn from passion to full time career?

After attending a conference in New York about the business of blogging and receiving an ambassadorship for a major brand.

Where is your favorite spot to dine in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta?

Le Bilboquet

What is your current beauty must have?

Red lipstick

You need a new outfit for a night out. What Shops Buckhead retailer do you visit?

Intermix

What is an essential you never travel without and where are you going, by the way?

My laptop and phone charger! Next stop for me is Houston, Texas.

What gets you through a long work day?

Music and seeing the end results of my work.

Where do you like to go in Atlanta to break a sweat?

I actually workout from home, but also love Orange Theory.

A loved one comes to visit you. Where’s the first place you take them to in town?

The Shops Buckhead, of course!

You’re craving something sweet. What’s your go-to?

Amorino Gelato. I love their waffle sticks!

Who is your fashion inspiration?

Kerry Washington

What is your favorite quote or mantra?

Everything happens for a reason.

Q+A with KREWE Tiny House Pop-Up Team

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For those of you who have come to The Shops recently and have seen a tiny little white house located behind Le Bilboquet and wondered “What is this place?” We are about to give you the 4-1-1.

‘Tiny House’ is the 154.8 square foot mobile retailer to the beloved New Orleans eyewear brand KREWE. KREWE sunglasses are one of the most popular eyewear brands in the marketplace. They have been spotted on many celebrities and bloggers because of their distinct look and quality. They are so confident in the quality of their sunglasses that they have a quality guarantee. This means that if you break your shades or glasses, they will replace them, no questions asked! How amazing is that?

KREWE is sold in many retailers across the country, but we feel special that ‘Tiny House’ has made its way over to The Shops to showcase the true heritage of the brand.  The house design was meant to give a truly authentic look and feel of New Orleans’ distinct architecture and its Afro-Caribbean lineage. The Tiny House is traveling all over the country and will be parked at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta until May 13th. We sat down with team KREWE to learn more about the brand and why they chose Atlanta as one of their KREWE destinations.

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How did KREWE begin?  As an artist—a photographer—Stirling Barrett wanted a way to create something tangible for people to express themselves with. Barrett was born and raised in New Orleans. He went to college in Dallas post-Katrina and returned shortly after, drawn back by the culture of New Orleans, and started KREWE in 2013 with the desire to do something unexpected from a place no one would expect.

 

Can you tell us a little bit more about KREWE and it’s relationship to New Orleans? KREWE, as a word, is distinctly tied to New Orleans. The word 'krewe' is linked to the tradition of Mardi Gras, describing a diverse group of people that parade in celebration of carnival season. Our name invokes this spirit of creative collaboration. The magic of this diverse city’s rhythms and rituals informs so much of who we are, and what we create. Each frame is named after a street in New Orleans and is inspired by the spirit and soul of this place. We’d like each customer to feel a bit of New Orleans when rocking our frames.

 

We’ve seen a lot of celebrites wearing KREWE. Can you name a few of your favorites and what style they were wearing? The first sighting of Beyonce in ST. LOUIS and Gigi Hadid in ORLEANS were such big moments for us. Since then, we've had celebrities like Kendall Jenner (WARD), Emma Roberts (CBD) and Blake Lively (STL II) to musicians like Alabama Shake's singer Brittany Howard (CLARA) to actor Edgar Ramirez (ORLEANS WINDSOR). They're all big moments for us, and we love seeing how each individual wears their KREWE.

 

Why is team KREWE excited to pop-up in Atlanta? When it came to Tiny House, Atlanta was on the short list of cities we were interested in. It has a similar feeling and identity that relates to KREWE’s mission of doing something unexpected from somewhere unexpected, and we’re thrilled to take the Tiny House to Atlanta for the first time.

 

What is one tip that you would give a shopper who is looking for a new pair of sunglasses? Find a shape that fits—that makes you feel the most "you"—and go from there. 

 

 

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Our Top 5 Favorite Products from Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2018 Collection

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Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2018 launched last month with some beautiful fresh colors for eyes, lips and cheeks. If you haven’t experienced the luxury of Tom Ford make-up and packaging, do yourself a favor and indulge. We did a mega-haul and purchased all of our favorite items from this collection, the verdict: absolutely stunning. Below is a round-up of our favorite must-have products that will give you all the glow (no sunshine necessary!).

 

 

 

  Sheer Cheek Duo in Exotica Flora       One of our favorite obsessions from the collection: The Sheer Cheek Duo in  Exotica Flora . This has the same formula as the other sheer cheek duos which is a unique powder that almost has a creamy feeling. It’s like a hybrid cheek product that doesn’t get powdery or creamy and lasts a long time on the face. This is a must have product for our extremely hot Atlanta summers, the make-up won’t melt right away on your face!

Sheer Cheek Duo in Exotica Flora

 

One of our favorite obsessions from the collection: The Sheer Cheek Duo in Exotica Flora. This has the same formula as the other sheer cheek duos which is a unique powder that almost has a creamy feeling. It’s like a hybrid cheek product that doesn’t get powdery or creamy and lasts a long time on the face. This is a must have product for our extremely hot Atlanta summers, the make-up won’t melt right away on your face!

  Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick in Sunstruck       There is a new double-ended product called Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick called Sunstruck with a shimmering gold and bold apricot cream. The colors are creamy and quite pigmented but blend beautifully on the skin. To apply, swipe them on the face and blend on top of foundation without it disrupting your make-up base. We love this product because it gives you an extra youthful glow.

Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick in Sunstruck

 

There is a new double-ended product called Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick called Sunstruck with a shimmering gold and bold apricot cream. The colors are creamy and quite pigmented but blend beautifully on the skin. To apply, swipe them on the face and blend on top of foundation without it disrupting your make-up base. We love this product because it gives you an extra youthful glow.

  Lip Baume in Lumiere       There’s a new product called the Lumiere Lip Baume which is a lip color transformer with hyaluronic acid to plum the lips and change to your pH levels. This is the ultimate product for the woman who wants to keep her lips hydrated and maintain a full lip. Who doesn’t want that?

Lip Baume in Lumiere

 

There’s a new product called the Lumiere Lip Baume which is a lip color transformer with hyaluronic acid to plum the lips and change to your pH levels. This is the ultimate product for the woman who wants to keep her lips hydrated and maintain a full lip. Who doesn’t want that?

  Ultra Shine Lip Color in Delectable       This beautiful lip color is a pale, creamy pink that looks good on just about anyone. It has the perfect balance of pigment and hydration that will leave your lips happy upon application. We loved all of the colors from the Ultra Shine collection- it was hard to pick just one!

Ultra Shine Lip Color in Delectable

 

This beautiful lip color is a pale, creamy pink that looks good on just about anyone. It has the perfect balance of pigment and hydration that will leave your lips happy upon application. We loved all of the colors from the Ultra Shine collection- it was hard to pick just one!

  Soleil Contouring Compact in Nude Glow.        There is a new shade of the Soleil Contouring Compact in Nude Glow. The shades in this palette are a soft powdery gold champagne, soft peach and pale pink glow. Apply this over your normal foundation or concealer for that extra pop of “I just went to the beach” written all of your face without having to go.

Soleil Contouring Compact in Nude Glow.

 

There is a new shade of the Soleil Contouring Compact in Nude Glow. The shades in this palette are a soft powdery gold champagne, soft peach and pale pink glow. Apply this over your normal foundation or concealer for that extra pop of “I just went to the beach” written all of your face without having to go.

Current Obsession: NARS x ERDEM Spring Collection

We love nothing more than a NARS collaboration. Each season, we wait in anticipation for which designer they choose to partner with, what beautiful colors will be featured on each exclusive palette, and what new beauty innovation will NARS bring to our (already complex) make-up routine.

 

The NARS Spring 2018 collaboration has to be our favorite collection to date. Erdem Moralioglu, a world famous fashion designer who has dressed the likes of Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton (just to name a few), teamed up with the creatives at NARS to design and curate this beautiful 13-piece collection that you will want on full display on your vanity.

 

We’ve rounded up a few of our must have items from this collection. Stop by the NARS boutique and experience the entire collection. You will not be disappointed.

 

  Erdem I NARS Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette   Do you ever feel like you need to spruce up your face with a hint of color while you are on the go? Us too. This sleek palette lets you keep four cream shades and one balm in your smallest clutch.    

Erdem I NARS Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette

Do you ever feel like you need to spruce up your face with a hint of color while you are on the go? Us too. This sleek palette lets you keep four cream shades and one balm in your smallest clutch.

 

  Erdem I NARS Blush in Loves Me   These blushes deliver a subtle flush of color that reminds everyone you're awake and alive after a winter spent hibernating indoors.

Erdem I NARS Blush in Loves Me

These blushes deliver a subtle flush of color that reminds everyone you're awake and alive after a winter spent hibernating indoors.

  Erdem I NARS Lipstick in Bloodflower   With both sheer and opaque finishes, this creamy formula leaves nothing to be desired for spring. This lipstick shade is red, reinvented.

Erdem I NARS Lipstick in Bloodflower

With both sheer and opaque finishes, this creamy formula leaves nothing to be desired for spring. This lipstick shade is red, reinvented.

  Erdem I NARS Eyeshadow Palette in Fleur Fatale.   We love the diversity of a NARS palette. Especially when it’s a fashion collaboration. You can go warm-toned, cool-toned, or totally out of your comfort zone with burgundy.

Erdem I NARS Eyeshadow Palette in Fleur Fatale.

We love the diversity of a NARS palette. Especially when it’s a fashion collaboration. You can go warm-toned, cool-toned, or totally out of your comfort zone with burgundy.

  Erdem I NARS Mattifying Blotting Paper.   Yes, you can get blotting papers at your local pharmacy, but does the packaging look like a work of art? Probably not. We are suckers for beautiful packaging.

Erdem I NARS Mattifying Blotting Paper.

Yes, you can get blotting papers at your local pharmacy, but does the packaging look like a work of art? Probably not. We are suckers for beautiful packaging.

  Erdem I NARS Multi-Use Highlighting Pencil in White Phox.   For the days your highlight fades and your make-up does not look like what it did in the morning, reach for this on-the-go illuminating stick that will give you that on the go glow you have been searching for. Apply on your cheekbones or the inner corners of your eyes.

Erdem I NARS Multi-Use Highlighting Pencil in White Phox.

For the days your highlight fades and your make-up does not look like what it did in the morning, reach for this on-the-go illuminating stick that will give you that on the go glow you have been searching for. Apply on your cheekbones or the inner corners of your eyes.

Just Add Water! Our 10 Favorite Warm Weather Accessories Right Now

The winter season has come and gone, and unfortunately we’re left to face a few short weeks of cold weather ahead. So, give yourself something to look forward to and plan a weekend trip somewhere warm. We have a few resort items that have us day dreaming about sun, sand, and a cocktail with a small umbrella! Trust us, a little vitamin D will do your dry winter skin some good.

 

Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite resort finds from The Shops Buckhead Atlanta for your upcoming warm-weather escapes.

 

 

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Cynthia Rowley Kaleigh One Piece

 

This swimsuit gives us ALL the feels. This multi-color asymmetrical color-block swimsuit from Cynthia Rowley is a true work of art. This flattering neoprene suit features bonded seams and is also SPF 50 so you stay extra safe at the beach all day long.  Rowley carries a variety of technical suits for both surf and swim, so grab your board and head for the waves!

 

 

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La Perla WAVES Swimsuit

When it comes to flattering silhouettes, La Perla takes the crown. This beautiful black halter-neck swimsuit is sophisticated and truly makes a statement. Detailed with a large, plunging cut-out at the front, a low scoop back and soft ruffles over the bust, it reveals the skin and highlights the curves with its alluring shaping. Inspired by the fluid markings of gemstones, its white piping echoes their natural texture. Wear with a matching cover-up to complete a refined resort look.

 

 

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Jimmy Choo LIZZY Sunglasses

 

Jimmy Choo makes the perfect shade. These grey and silver cat-eye Sunglasses have beautiful crystal detailing. Perfect for resort season, the Lizzy is both playful and stylish. Crafted from lightweight metal, these sunglasses boast silver mirror lenses and sleek grey tips. 

 

 

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Planet Blue  Eclipse One Piece

Blue Life's signature Eclipse One Piece is a hit for a reason! This plunging neckline with tribal lace trim, stretch spandex fabrication, exposed back with adjustable criss crossing straps, and cheeky exposure. We love this piece worn at the beach or as a bodysuit with denim cutoffs!

 

 

 

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Dior “Diorsorealrise” Sunglasses

The "DiorSoRealRise" sunglasses reinterpret the iconic DiorSoReal shape in a very slightly oversized, technical version. The light blue mirrored lenses are highlighted by a transparent turquoise acetate contour inserted into the ultra-thin silver-tone metal of the frame. 

 

 

 

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Tom Ford Mia Cat Eye Sunglasses

A sharp design and gradient lenses add to the modern style of Italian cat-eye sunglasses from Tom Ford. Perfect for resort season, the Mia is both playful and stylish. Crafted from lightweight metal, these sunglasses boast gradient nylon lenses.

 

 

 

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 Alice and Olivia Stacey Sunglasses

Inspired by Stacey’s favorite pair of vintage sunglasses, the Stacey Stellar sunglasses are a fan favorite. With an oversized, rounded clear frame and the signature StaceFace in gold foil, these shades will make you feel like a superstar.

 

 

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Moncler Retro Sunglasses

If you haven’t tried on a pair of Moncler sunnies, you should! Beautiful Italian craftsmanship with subtle logo-embossed temples add to the polished look. This retro-inspired silhouette is a must have for anyone who loves to staple everyday pair. This pair does not break the bank either!

 

 

 

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Etro Paisley Tea-Cup Frame

Crafted from black acetate, these sunglasses feature an original and colorful Paisley pattern on the top front. The tea-cup frame is elegant and feminine, perfect to transform any look into a style statement.

 

 

 

Vilebrequin I Men’s Long Swimtrunk Starlettes and Turtles Vintage

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Vilebrequin I Men’s Long Swimtrunk Starlettes and Turtles Vintage

Who doesn’t love an adorable bathing suit for your man? This adorable turtle-print long short from Vilebrequin is perfect for your Spring break vacation with back pockets for his essentials and a Velcro strap for comfort.

 

A Visit to Southern Vein and Laser Center


Are you considering a cosmetic procedure – big or small – but too afraid to commit? Whether it’s a bit of Botox, a plumper lip or cheekbone or a more invasive procedure, it’s important to do your homework and feel fully comfortable with the team you’re entrusting.  

Our friend CC recently decided to perfect her pout and chose The Shops Buckhead Atlanta's own Southern Vein and Laser Center’s staff of estheticians, doctors, and nurses.  

She shared her experience with us: 


I arrived at the state-of-the art facility and was greeted warmly and was quickly given a tour of the beautiful, state-of-the-art facility by SLVC's marketing director, Talaya. I was offered a beverage as Talaya explained the many treatments and procedures offered. They were very attentive and made me feel as if I was one of their celebrity clients. 


Admittedly, I was a little hesitant about my first injection experience, so I had a lot of questions (like, a lot). My nurse Janna, put my mind at ease. She knew this 15-minute procedure was in fact, a big commitment for me. She answered all of my questions patiently and thoroughly. 

I have always been insecure about my thin lips, so my biggest fear was that the procedure would actually have the adverse affect and expose my insecurity rather than fix it. Janna explained that she would be using the filler Juvederm, and that she would be giving my top and bottom lip more shape, not enhance them to the point that they'd look unnatural.

I was also concerned about pain and bruising. Understanding everyone's tolerance is different, I knew mine could be pretty low and I'm not a big fan of needles. But Janna applied a numbing cream and after about 20-30 minutes, I laughed because I literally, could not feel my mouth. Still, I braced myself for the painful pinches. To my relief, I felt maybe one or two slight pinches, but the rest was completely pain free. 


Janna gave me a handheld mirror, the results were immediate and I absolutely loved the look. That night and the next day I was little swollen, but experienced next to no bruising. I'd never been happier with how I looked. 


Three weeks later, I'm still thrilled with the results. My only regret is not doing it sooner. 


To learn more about Southern Vein and Laser Center, visit:  https://www.southernveinandlasercenter.com/

 

 

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NARS Holiday Collection

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With each holiday season comes the release of the NARS Holiday Collection - making it truly the most wonderful time of the year for beauty lovers everywhere. 'Tis the season to wear and experiment with makeup!  

The NARS collections of holiday's past have paid homage to notable icons such as Andy Warhol (Foundation), Guy Bourdain and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Like their namesakes, the collections imparted a cornucopia of vibrance creativity and complexity.  The Man Ray for NARS Holiday 2017 is no exception. Inspired by the Surrealist photographer of the early 20th century, even the packaging captures the edgy vibe of his renowned black and white images.  

Here are a few of our favorite items from the collection:

Overexposed Glow Highlighter

Give your skin a golden touch! This universally-flattering highlighter is like a second-skin of luminosity. Apply to cheek bones, nose, eyelids, and décolleté for a stunning glow.

Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette

Jolly and bright, these six richly-pigmented holiday hues are bold, fun and festive. With so many looks to choose from, there is a shade for any mood. But be warned, this palette is anything but subtle -- the flip of a brush can change your outlook from “LoverBoy” to “Heartbreaker,” so we suggest you proceed with caution, as extended use may affect your relationship status. 

Impassioned Love Triangle Set

The Man Ray Impassioned Love Triangle Set includes a limited-edition mini blush and a lipstick in a super flattering rosy hue. Added bonus: The cool art deco packaging makes this a perfect stocking stuffer - no gift wrapping required.  Or, at this price point, we suggest treating yourself and brightening up your own vanity table.  After all, you've been good all year, right?!